***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my post. All opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
As a homeschooling family, we are always looking for fun, engaging ways to bring learning to life. After all, kids do seem to learn more effectively when they're having fun. At least this is true for MY little ones. They always seem to retain more information when they have a good time learning it.
So naturally, in addition to our usual school lessons, we try to extend learning to playtime as well. Whether it's YouTube videos, flash cards, games, or even educational toys, we try and create as many teachable moments as possible.
When we learned about the NEW SmartGlobe Explorer AR - Augmented Reality from Oregon Scientfic, we couldn't wait to check it out. My kids are very interested in science, and in the world around them, so this amazing globe seemed like the perfect way to supplement our learning.
Awesome Smart Globe Features :
What you can learn from the Smart Globe:
Whew! That's a TON of features!
The kids couldn't wait to download the app and get started. While the SmartGlobe does a lot on its own, the Augmented Reality App really makes our world come to life. There are SO many different ways to learn using the app, from fun facts, local information like language spoken, currency, population, native animals, and so much more!
Check out the slideshow below to see screenshots taken using this app. How amazing is this?!
The app is all kinds of awesomesauce, according to my kids, and really helps bring learning to life. Sophie and Xander have both been absolutely hypnotized by everything their Oregon Scientific SmartGlobe Explorer can do. They have been learning all about different landscapes, cultures, and more.
The best part? Since there are so many different ways to explore, they never get bored! They can stay engaged for hours on end with this globe, which makes it perfect for cold, gloomy days so common here in the Cleveland, Ohio area.
In addition to the "normal" globe, the Oregon Scientific SmartGlobe Explorer also offers kids a way to more closely study the United States, as seen above in the handy map. Sophie is trying to memorize her states and capitol cities, and this is a HUGE help!
In addition to the US Map, other extra, hidden features include interactive looks inside the Earth, as well as a journey into our Solar System.
The SmartGlobe Explorer literally opens up and reveals these different worlds to explore.
My kids happen to think this is the coolest thing ever, by the way. They really have a strong interest in science, and this globe allows them to easily explore so many different aspects of our world, and even deep, dark space!
Overall, we're positively blown away by the Oregon Scientific SmartGlobe Explorer with AR (Augmented Reality.) This globe, paired with the app, is the most comprehensive educational toy we've ever had the pleasure of testing. That is saying a LOT, by the way.
The kids feel like they're going on mini-excursions when they use their SmartGlobe, and have definitely been able to learn a lot of things that a traditional globe alone could never teach them. This globe is almost like a fun, action-packed, interactive encyclopedia packed into one wonderful "toy".
If you're a homeschooling family like us, or if you just want to give your kids the gift of education this Holiday season, definitely check out what Oregon Scientific has to offer. I think you'll be as pleasantly surprised as we are!
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